Sunday, May 8, 2011

Friendship is the Key

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, it was FINALLY warm here this weekend and we were able to spend some time outside and not freeze our buns off! I actually worked in my garden, WOO HOO!
I will share what I did in a later post.

I also wanted to point out what a dork I am.
I told you that I was going on a day trip on Tuesday and as I was talking to my future SIL today she kindly pointed out to me that it is NEXT Tuesday, not this Tuesday.
Apparently I am making time fly a bit faster than it needs to.
So, thank you so much for all your well wished on my trip, I will save those for next Tues. :)

I wanted to share with you some beautiful gifts that I received in the mail recently. My dear friend Sandra from A Frugal French Girl, who I shared her beautiful poem with here, sent me these amazing treasures.
She has such a beautiful heart and soul.

A beautiful wooden box filled with seashells, a vintage hanky, blue lace trim, magnets, heart stickers, seasoning for dips, a small tray, driftwood and a small key framed in a shabby white frame.
Sandra was so cute, she wrote in her letter that I needed to paint the box and tray white! :)

Tucked away in the box was also this cutout key and on the back was written a message that has stuck with me......

These words are so true!
Since I have started blogging I have met some of the most kindest souls that lift me up through words, comments, gifts and even phone calls. I have never met any blogging friends, which is the hardest part of all this, but I have felt such a connection and such a kindredship (not sure if that is a word) that it I feel so blessed everyday when I open up my computer and see you.

I just received this beautiful package the other day from my dear friend Cricket at Gypsea Nurse. She has such an amazing soul and she is so inspiring through her words, photos and honesty.

All wrapped up were..

a jar of sand and shells, a large shell, an awesome T-Shirt, a luggage tag with my initial in a clam shell and a necklace that says simply..

The card that the necklace was attached to read this..
(the back of the t-shirt also reads this)

It is amazing how people come into your life and have such an impact in it. Thank you Sandra and Cricket, your words ring in my heart.

"The Key to Friendship is Kindness"
"Love This Life"

I also wanted to add this:

People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
~Elizabeth K├╝bler-Ross

My dear friend Marie from Sally Lee by the Sea emailed this to me, what she said and this quote made me cry.

I am so blessed to have such amazingly
in all of YOU!

Thank you
to all of you who spend a bit of time with me each week, comment, email and just show your support not only for me, but other bloggers and friends in blogland.



Leo said...

What a wonderful inspiring post and yes, I have also met some wonderful, inspiring and amazingly creative friends through blogging. It has been such a source of pleasure in my life!!

Deborah said...

Oh hunny what a beautiful thoughtful post.
What lovely friends and so sweet of them to bless you like this.
Its true that friendship warms us in ways that are almost indescribable, but genuinely felt in the heart.
You are a true friend with the sweetest, kindest spirit and you are always loving in all you do and say.
I am blessed beyond measure through having met you.
Hugs to you precious friend xo

All my love,
Deborah xoox

beachcomber said...

you get back what you give in life and you certainly are a giver of kindness!
cheryl xx

pam @ iLoveShelling said...

Such sweet thoughts!

Brandi said...

Such beautiful post Michelle! You received so many nice gifts! You are such a sweet person. Although we have never met in person, I am proud to call you my friend! Happy Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

What lovely gifts and thoughts. Well deserved Michelle. I had a little giggle about you getting your Tuesdays mixed up, I did the same thing. We're going away, I thought it was this weekend, and it's actually next, so I have a few things I have to reorganize.


Cassie Bustamante said...

what lovely gifts! i love that last quote you shared, too!!

Finding Home said...


I am so glad that you received such beautiful gift from your friends of the blog world. I know how they feel. You have a kind and generous heart that translates beautifully through your blog and email. You are truly the kindness and most open person I have "met" in the blog world and for that I am very thankful! Take care, Laura

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

they were so sweet to send you those treats,but you are such a sweetheart and deserve it too!!;)
I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day!! Hugs, Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Julie@beingRUBY said...

How sweet Michelle to receive all these lovely goodies... each package filled with love.. Cat is a sweetheart.. just like you!!!

I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day.. sounds like the weather is being kind..!!! Have a lovely week and thanks so much for your kind words my way. a present in itself.. ciao xxx Julie

Low Tide High Style said...

Oh I love that saying about the stained glass! And what lovely and thoughtful friends to have sent you such wonderful gifts. I feel lucky to count you among my bloggy friends and you are so right, friendship is the key!

Kat :)

Heaven's Walk said...

We can't help but love the Energizer Bunny, dearie! lol! Seriously though, Michelle, you are such a loving, supportive blog friend that you spread sunshine like a pebble on the water.... ♥

Luv ya, girlie - and looking forward to giving you a great big hug NEXT MONTH!!!!! :)

xoxo laurie

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

You have great friends because you are a great friend. I still need to send you the frames I promised you. Time keeps getting away. Have a wonderful week.

Amy Kinser said...

What sweet gifts for a sweet lady. I am amazed at the friendships I have formed on here and am truly thankful for them. I am actually going to meet one of my blogging friends sometime in July and am so excited...Becky at Buckets of Burlap. I would love for so many of us to be able to meet someday and spend time together. Wouldn't that be fun?

Desire Empire said...

You are sending out lots of love and it is being returned by your beautiful friends. Have a great week
Best Carolyn

NanaDiana said...

Michelle- The truth is that you are getting back just a pinch of what you give. You give so much of your inner self here that it is like finding an old friend in your written words! The necklace says it all- YOU ROCK! xxoo Diana

Karena said...

Michelle so many very special treasures!! I just adore your friends choices for you, doesn't it make you feel great!


Art by Karena

Tricia said...

Oh what nice friends. Your are such a sweet and kind person Michelle, it just radiates from you. Maybe you're getting back what you give out :)

hugs ♥ tricia

Comeca Jones said...

I love this post! Im totally uplifted. You do realize that's all Ive been about lately.I am lovin life now.

tinajo said...

I agree - there´s a LOT of wonderful people out there in Blogland, you being one of them. I love the connections that becomes with the help of internet! :-)

Have a great day! :-)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...


I'm not even one bit surprised at your gorgeous packages and gifts of friendship..because you're soooooo lovely and kind and sweet. Just so likeable!!!

Big hug to you, gorgeous girl,


Unknown said...

Hi Michelle! Oh it's soooooo lovely having friends...I had some surprises in these last days..from some lovely bloggers and they made my day!!!

Unknown said...

I too have been really touched by the sheer warmth and encouragement offered by blogfriends, are these things easier to write than say face to face I wonder? Anyhoo, it is wonderful!

Shabby soul said...

Darling Tracey, thank you for all you share with us! This post touchs the heart
Have a great day

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest one,

I am so blessed to see the love that flows from our hearts. Bloggers have taught me to reach out more than ever. I still am not sure what the special dynamic is about bloggers, but as a writer, I find that blogging has given me a reason to write and an audience. I find that bloggers share a special characteristic that my dear colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances have not yet acquired; a desire to really communicate. That may be what makes blogger friends extra special. WE WANT TO REACH OUT and we have to reach really far. Neighbors take advantage of each other's proximity, but distance does make a difference. The gifts that I have received over the last 2 years of blogging have been overwhelmingly wonderful. The gifts that I have been able to give have changed my life, really. I wish you the BEST WEEK my dear...I still have something I want to send you, but school keeps me soooo busy. I have 6 weeks left and then, FREEDOM! Yes, this was a gardening weekend, but yesterday late it rained; it was well needed and my azaleas are looking GREAT!!!!!


Shellbelle said...

What lovely treasures you've received, the loveliest being the friendships you've made in Blogland. We are an amazing community!

I've had the pleasure of meeting eight of my blogging friends and can tell you that each time it was like getting together with old friends. The last gathering was with three others, only one of whom I was meeting for the first time and honey, let me tell you that by the end of the day, my jaw was so tired from talking so much, lol.

I love the quote Marie sent you!


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Beautiful post Michelle!
I started blogging to share and join in on the fun but didn't realize that the friends I would make is the best part of it all!
Meeting you and having you reach out to me at such a scary time in my life is something I will never forget...thank you!

Seaside Style said...

Dearest Michelle,

You are lovely woman inside and out. I am proud to call you my friend.I truly believe people are put into our lives for a reason, weather it is for a lifetime or a minute. You Rock girlfriend! Have a great week.

Linda XOXO

Kelle Dame said...

Awww!! How sweeeeet!! What a special box! You are beautiful and we're all so blessed to have a friend like you! We're blessed to have each other!
Happy Monday!

Val said...

This post is sweet like candy and just makes me HAPPY!

rjerdee said...

A basic truth, this: You get what you give.

Anonymous said...


Hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day, Michelle! I had so much fun, yesterday. Love dem boys :)

Your gifts are so special. We blog with some truly kind and beautiful people, you being one :) of course. I've had fun getting to know you through our blogs. I think it would be amazing for all of us to meet. A blogging convention. Hmmmm where should we meet? Jamaica :)

Hugs for Monday :)

Burlap Luxe said...

Michelle indeed treasures to behold, it is wonderful to have such thoughtful friends who share there love with you in such a special way as to gift you such treasures you so deserve them :)

Thank you girl for you visit and beautiful words you left me on your way out!

until we visit again

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

How fun!! What cute little packages you got!! Blogland is amazing in the friendships & relationship we build!! So glad to have met you Michelle and be able to call you "friend."

Laura Trevey said...

Awe.... I love the "key" to friendship!!


Arabella said...

Oh, honey - I wuv you soooo much! I think Michelle of Shell's Shabby Shack has the right idea...we all meet in Jamaica for a week of fun and friendship!! Thanks again for the light you provide in my life.


koralee said...

Such sweet gifts...friends are the look like you have great ones! xoxoxo happy new week to you.

At The Picket Fence said...

It takes one to know one girl! You are truly one of the sweetest and truest friends that someone can have here in blogland...or anywhere really and we are all blessed to be on the receiving end of your gracious friendship! :-)
Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!

the fishermans cottage said...

Oh I am so behind on my blog reading, I almost missed this lovely post, you have some very lovely friends but then you would because you are so lovely :) x

Anne said...

What lovely gifts! and you deserve them for your thoughtfulness and generous spirit, Michelle. said...

You're a lucky girl. Blogging is a special place in our hearts isn't it?

Jenni said...

Hi Michelle~

Those are such sweet treasures you received from your friends! (Just perfect for a sweet person like you, and I truly mean that!) You are a true blue, kindhearted soul, and I'm so thankful to know you! Enjoy each and every one of your lovely gifts! :)


Erin said...

Michelle, you are such a kind generous soul and your friends dearly appreciate you...I appreciate your kindness and understanding, and for knowing that I will make it here eventually. Love ya:)


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